In the pizza world, Grimaldi’s is an institution highlighting more than 100 years of coal fired brick-oven pizza-making traditions. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria famous for its crispy and smoky thin crust pizzas has 34 locations in eight states and five locations in Las Vegas. Two are in Las Vegas Strip tourist destinations: The Shoppes at The Palazzo and The Fashion Show Mall. The other three are in local neighborhoods: Rainbow and 215; Boca Park Fashion Village; and Richmar Plaza at 9555 S. Eastern Ave.
Carl Raper, manager at the Richmar Plaza restaurant, said there may possibly be one more Las Vegas location in the works at a major hotel, but otherwise Las Vegas isn’t on the list of another 35 locations planned over the next year, which will double the company’s inventory.
The company has cultivated a winning formula starting with fresh product. Raper assured us everything except the sausage even the decadent desserts are made in house. The crust is probably the biggest major attraction. You hear the cooks pounding in the background making the thin crust on the spot. We had a sausage, meatball, onion and garlic pizza.
Every month, Grimaldi’s rolls out a new specialty pizza. One month’s example was the spicy Diavolo Pizza, a classic pizza topped with soppressata salami, cherry peppers and kalamata olives. Pizzas come in three sizes: 12-inch personal; 16-inch small; and 18-inch large. The wide variety of toppers is mostly an additional $2, some are $4 and one is $5.
This summer Grimaldi’s Tuesday Tastings returned with guests receiving half off glasses, carafes and bottles of wine ordered every Tuesday from open to close through Sept. 30, 2014. Sangria and house wine are excluded.
Desserts include three options including house-made cheesecakes, Cannolis, and Tiramisu. The current featured cheesecake offers are Strawberry and Blueberry Cobbler and Pumpkin is on the horizon for the holidays.
Rather than cookie-cutter locations, the company’s outlets are different in size and shape but carry through with a certain feel and atmosphere that includes varying wine bottle chandelier light fixtures plus brick wall and wood decorated walls adorned with black and white photos of New York City highlighting the company’s tagline, which is “The Pizza That Made The Brooklyn Bridge Famous.”
One really nice feature with the Richmar Plaza location is the huge wall window that can be opened up allowing for indoor and outdoor seating at the bar that is inside but opens onto the patio.
For more information on Grimaldi’s, visit www.grimaldispizzeria.com.